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Puerto Rican Institution Casa Adela Negotiating New Lease Deal Following Community Protest [UPDATED]

Plus, famed Copacabana nightclub reopens in Hell’s Kitchen — and more intel

The brightly painted exterior of a restaurant with a propped-open front door.
Casa Adela in Alphabet City.
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Erika Adams is the editor of Eater Boston.

After a staggering proposed rent hike drove Puerto Rican cornerstone Casa Adela into a public battle to stave off eviction, it appears as though the local institution is coming close to an agreement that would allow the restaurant to stay put, although the official lease has not been finalized, according to EVGrieve.

The future of Casa Adela — a beloved community gathering spot founded by late matriarch Adela Fargas, known for her famed rotisserie chicken — was thrown into uncertainty late last year when the building’s landlords proposed a rent increase that would raise the restaurant’s payments over time from $1,350 per month to an untenable $6,750 per month. After the news broke, residents rallied around the restaurant and created a Save Casa Adela Committee to help draw support to the space. The committee is also advocating to get the corner of East Fifth Street and Loisaida Avenue co-named after Fargas.

Update, February 14, 1:20 p.m.: This story originally stated that Casa Adela had signed a new, two-year lease, according to a report in EVGrieve. The website has since updated its post to reflect that negotiations are still ongoing and the lease deal is not finalized. Eater has reached out to the restaurant for more information.

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